Portugal national football team

The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol) has represented Portugal in men's international football competitions since 1921. The national team is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), the governing body for football in Portugal. Portugal's home games are played at the Estádio Nacional stadiums in Portugal, and its primary training ground and technical headquarters, Cidade do Futebol, is located in Oeiras. The head coach of the team is Roberto Martínez,[4] and the captain is Cristiano Ronaldo, who also holds the team records for most caps and most goals.

Portugal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)A Seleção das Quinas (The Team of the Escutcheons)[1]
Lusos (Lusitanians)
AssociationPortuguese Football Federation
(Federação Portuguesa de Futebol, FPF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRoberto Martínez
CaptainCristiano Ronaldo
Most capsCristiano Ronaldo (209)
Top scorerCristiano Ronaldo (130)
Home stadiumEstádio Nacional
FIFA codePOR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Steady (20 June 2024)[2]
Highest3 (May–June 2010, October 2012, April–June 2014, September 2017–April 2018)
Lowest43 (August 1998)
First international
 Spain 3–1 Portugal 
(Madrid, Spain; 18 December 1921)
Biggest win
 Portugal 9–0 Luxembourg 
(Almancil, Portugal; 11 September 2023)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 0–10 England 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 25 May 1947)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1966)
Best resultThird place (1966)
European Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (2016)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultChampions (2019)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 1928)
Best resultFourth place (1996)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultThird place (2017)
Websitefpf.pt

Portugal's first participation in a major tournament finals was at the 1966 World Cup, which saw a team featuring Ballon d'Or winner Eusébio finish in third place. Portugal also made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 1984, losing to hosts and eventual winners France. Under the team's first golden generation in the 1990s, Portugal began consistently featuring in the European Championship and World Cup; they made the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup, finishing in fourth place, along with placing as runners-up at Euro 2004 as hosts, and reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2000 and Euro 2012. This was in great part due to the production of several world class players, such as fellow Ballon d'Or winners Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.[5][6]

In 2016, Portugal won its first-ever major trophy, Euro 2016, defeating hosts France in the finals. With the win, Portugal qualified and made its only appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia, where they finished in third place. Portugal qualified for and hosted the brand new 2019 Nations League finals where they triumphed, defeating the Netherlands and earning their second major tournament victory in three finals. Portugal also appeared in the Olympic football tournament, and made it to the semi-finals at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, finishing in fourth place.

Portugal is colloquially referred to as the Seleção das Quinas (a synecdoche based on the flag of the country) and has notable rivalries with Brazil, due to shared cultural traits and heritage,[7] France, due to several important meetings between the two teams at the Euros and World Cup, and Spain, known as A Guerra Ibérica in Portuguese or The Iberian War in English, with the rivalry between two countries going back to 1581.[8]

Portugal is set to co-host the 2030 edition when it was granted host status alongside Morocco and Spain.

History

Early World Cup attempts

Portugal were not invited to the 1930 World Cup, which only featured a finals stage and no qualification round. The team took part in the 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, but failed to eliminate their Spanish opponents, aggregating two defeats in the two-legged round, with a 9–0 loss in Madrid and 2–1 loss in Lisbon for an aggregate score of 11–1.[9][10]

In the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, the Seleção played one game against Switzerland held in neutral ground in Milan. They lost 2–1 and failed to qualify for the finals.[11] The Second World War delayed the World Cup until 1950 and subsequently, the national team rarely played.[12] A 10–0 home friendly loss against England, two years after the war, still stands as their biggest ever defeat.[13]

1950s and early 1960s

Similar to 1934, Portugal were to play a two-legged round against Spain. After a 5–1 defeat in Madrid, they managed to draw the second game 2–2. With a 7–3 aggregate score, they did not qualify on the pitch, however they would later be invited to replace Turkey, which had withdrawn from participating. Portugal refused to participate.[14][15]

In 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification, the team would play Austria; the Austrians won the first game with a 9–1 result.[16] The best the Portuguese could do was hold the Austrians to a goalless draw in Lisbon, resulting in a 9–1 aggregate defeat.[17] Four years later, Portugal won a qualifying match for the first time, a 3–0 home victory over Italy. Nevertheless, they finished last in a group that also featured Northern Ireland; only the first-placed team, Northern Ireland, would qualify.[18]

1960 was the year that UEFA created the European Championship. The first edition was a knock-out tournament with the last four teams participating in the finals stage that only featured one leg while the earlier stages had two legs. In the first round, the Seleção das Quinas won 2–0 at East Germany and then 3–2 in Porto, advancing with a 5–2 two-legged win.[19][20] Portugal faced Yugoslavia in the quarter-finals, losing 6–3 on aggregate.[21]

Portugal faced England and Luxembourg in 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification and ended up second in the group, behind England, who would be the only team in Group 6 to qualify.[22] In the 1964 European Championship, Portugal played against Bulgaria in the qualifying rounds. The Portuguese lost in Sofia and won in Lisbon. With the round tied 4–4, a replay was needed in a neutral country.[23] In the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Portugal lost 1–0 thanks to a late strike from Georgi Asparuhov.[23]

Third place at the 1966 World Cup

Portugal were drawn with Czechoslovakia, Romania and Turkey for 1966 World Cup qualification.[24] They topped the group with only one draw and one defeat in six games and finally qualified for a FIFA World Cup, with a 1–0 away win against Czechoslovakia and Turkey and a 5–1 home win against the Turks being notable results.[24]

At the World Cup, the team started out with three wins in the group stage after they beat Hungary 3–1,[25] Bulgaria 3–0, and two-time defending champions Brazil 3–1.[26] Secondly, they beat quarter-finalists North Korea 5–3, with Eusébio getting four markers to overturn a 3–0 deficit.[27] Later, they reached the semi-finals where they were beaten by hosts England 2–1; in this game, Portugal would have played in Liverpool, but as England were the hosts, FIFA decided that the game would be played in London.[28] Portugal then defeated the Soviet Union 2–1 in the third place match for their best World Cup finish to date.[29] Eusébio was the top scorer of the World Cup with nine goals. Portugal would not qualify for another World Cup for 20 years.

1980s

Portugal won their Euro 1984 qualifying group that contained Finland, Poland and the Soviet Union with a win over the latter,[30][31] allowing them to qualify and be placed in Group B alongside Spain, West Germany and Romania in the finals.[32] In the first two matches, they drew 0–0 and 1–1 against West Germany and Spain, respectively.[32] A 1–0 win over Romania resulted in a second-place finish in group play. Portugal were paired against hosts France in the semi-finals.[32] After a draw in regular time, Portugal initially led 2–1 in extra-time, but the hosts scored in the 114th and 119th minutes to eliminate the Portuguese 3–2 and go through to the final.[32]

For 1986 World Cup qualification, the Seleção played against Czechoslovakia, Malta, Sweden and West Germany for the two spots that would guarantee them a ticket to Mexico.[33] Needing a win in the last game against West Germany in Stuttgart, Portugal won the game to become the first team to beat West Germany at their home ground in an official match. The team exited early in the group stages after a win and two losses.[34] They started with a 1–0 win against England,[35] but later were beaten by Poland and Morocco 1–0 and 3–1 respectively.[36][37] Their staying in Mexico was marked by the Saltillo Affair, where players refused to train in order to win more prizes from the Portuguese Football Federation. Mexico marked their last World Cup appearance until 2002.

1995–2006: The golden generation

At UEFA Euro 1996, Portugal finished first in Group D, and in the quarter-finals, they lost 1–0 to the Czech Republic.

 
Portugal lost the Euro 2004 final 0–1 to Greece with a header from Angelos Charisteas (pictured).

Portugal failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In Euro 2000 qualifying, Portugal finished second in their group, one point short of first-placed Romania. However, after finishing as the top runner-up nation in qualifying, Portugal nonetheless secured a spot in the finals. They then defeated England 3–2, Romania 1–0 and Germany 3–0 to finish first in Group A, then defeated Turkey in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals against France, Portugal were eliminated in extra time when Zinedine Zidane converted a penalty. Referee Günter Benkö awarded the spot kick for a handball after Abel Xavier blocked a shot. Xavier, Nuno Gomes and Paulo Bento were all given lengthy suspensions for subsequently shoving the referee.[38] The final eventually finished 2–1.

During 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal won the group.[39] Several problems and poor judgement decisions occurred during the preparation and tournament itself – shopping sprees by players were widely reported in the Portuguese press.[39] Questionable managing choices and some amateurism, including the same lack of agreement on prizes.[39] Portugal entered the tournament as favourites to win Group D.[39] However, they were upset 3–2 by the United States.[39] They then rebounded with a 4–0 smashing of Poland.[39] Needing a draw to advance, they lost the last group game to hosts South Korea.[40] Portugal underachieved and ended third in its group stage, subsequently eliminated. Manager António Oliveira was fired after the World Cup.

 
Ronaldo, pictured playing against Germany at Euro 2012, assumed the captaincy in the wake of Euro 2008.

The next major competition, the UEFA Euro 2004, was held in Portugal. For preparation, the Football Federation made a contract with Luiz Felipe Scolari to manage the team until the tournament ended.[41] The host nation lost the first game against Greece 1–2.[42] They achieved their first win against Russia 2–0 and also beat Spain 1–0.[43][44] They went on to play against England, in a 2–2 draw that went into penalties, with Portugal winning.[45] Portugal beat the Netherlands 2–1 in the semi-finals,[46] and suffered a second defeat from Greece, 1–0, in the final.[47]

After the tournament ended, many players belonging to the Geração de Ouro (Golden Generation), abandoned their international footballing careers, with only Luís Figo remaining in the team, despite a temporary retirement.[48][49] The silver lining for Portugal was the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was selected in the UEFA Euro All-Star team.[50] While Portugal were playing in the competition, Scolari agreed in a new two-year deal with the Federation.

Portugal finished first in the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup,[51] and topped Group D in the World Cup, with victories over Angola (1–0), Iran (2–0) and Mexico (2–1).[52][53] Portugal defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the Round of 16 in Nuremberg in an acrimonious match marked by 16 yellow cards, with four players sent off.[54] Portugal drew 0–0 after extra-time with England, but won 3–1 on penalties to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1966.[55][56] They then lost 1–0 against France,[57] and faced hosts Germany in the third place play-off match in a 3–1 defeat.[58]

2006–2014: Post-golden generation and mixed results

For Euro 2008 Portugal finished second in qualification behind Poland,[59] and won their first two group games against Turkey and the Czech Republic, although a loss to co-hosts Switzerland set up a quarter-final matchup with Germany which the team lost 3–2.[60] After the tournament, Scolari left to take over at Chelsea.[61] Afterwards, Carlos Queiroz was appointed as the head coach of the Portugal national team.[62][63][64][65]

Portugal came second in the qualifying stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup under Queiroz, then beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in a play-off, thereby reaching every tournament in the decade.[66][67][68] A 19-match undefeated streak, in which the team conceded only three goals, ended with a loss to eventual champions Spain in the round of 16, 1–0.[69] Queiroz was later criticised for setting up his team in an overly cautious way.[70] After the World Cup, squad regulars Simão, Paulo Ferreira, Miguel and Tiago all retired from international football.[71][72][73] Queiroz was banned from coaching the national team for one month after he tried to block a doping test to the team while preparing for the World Cup, as well as directing insulting words to the testers.[74] In consequence, he received a further six-month suspension. Several media outbursts from Queiroz[75] against the heads of the Portuguese Football Federation followed, which partly prompted his dismissal. Paulo Bento was appointed as his replacement at head coach.[76]

Bento's team qualified for Euro 2012; they were drawn with Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands in a widely speculated "group of death".[77][78][79][80] They lost their first game 0–1 to Germany, then beat Denmark 3–2.[81][82] The final group stage match was against the Netherlands. After Van der Vaart had given the Dutch a 1–0 lead, Ronaldo netted twice to ensure a 2–1 victory.[83][84][85] Portugal finished second in the group and qualified for the knockout phase. Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 1–0 in the quarter-finals with a header from Ronaldo.[86] The semi-final match was against Spain, who defeated Portugal 4–2 on penalties after a goalless draw.[87]

In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal won 4–2 on aggregate in a play-off against Sweden with all four goals being scored by Ronaldo, and were drawn into Group G with the United States, Germany and Ghana. Their first match against the Germans was their worst-ever defeat in a World Cup, a 4–0 loss.[88] They went on to draw 2–2 against the United States and won 2–1 against Ghana.[89][90] However, the team were eliminated due to inferior goal difference to the Americans.[91]

2016–present: Euro 2016 and first international glories

In UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, Bento was dismissed following a defeat to Albania and was replaced by Fernando Santos in September 2014.[92] After qualifying for the finals, Portugal finished third in Group F but advanced to the knockout stages as the third-best third place team following three straight draws. Portugal beat Croatia 1–0 after extra time in the round of 16[93] and then defeated Poland 5–3 on penalties to reach the semi-finals,[94] where they defeated Wales 2–0.[95] In the final against the hosts France, Ronaldo went off injured. However, in extra time, substitute Eder scored the winning goal in the 109th minute.[96][97]

Following their Euro 2016 victory, Portugal participated in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. They finished top of their group,[98][99] but lost to Chile on penalties after a goalless draw in the semi-finals,[100] but rebounded in the third place game, defeating Mexico 2–1 after extra time.[101]

 
Portugal lining up before a match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Portugal opened their campaign with a 3–3 draw with Spain, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick.[102] After a 1–0 victory against Morocco,[103] Portugal drew 1–1 with Iran to progress to the knockout round as group runners-up.[104] Portugal were eliminated following a 2–1 defeat to Uruguay in the round of 16.[105]

Following the World Cup, Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League beating the Netherlands at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, with the only being scored by Gonçalo Guedes in the 60th minute.[106][107]

At UEFA Euro 2020, Portugal were drawn into a group containing France, Germany and Hungary which was widely speculated as being the "group of death". Portugal advanced to the next round by defeating Hungary, drawing with France and losing to Germany. There, they faced Belgium but lost 1–0.

For the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Portugal were required to qualify for the finals via the play-offs after finishing second in their group.[108] Nevertheless, Portugal managed to beat Turkey[109] and North Macedonia to qualify for the final tournament.[110] At the 2022 World Cup, Portugal defeated Ghana 3–2 in their first group game[111] and then beat Uruguay 2–0.[112] to qualify for the knockout stages.[113] The Portuguese would demolish Switzerland 6–1 in the next round, their highest tally in a World Cup knockout game since the 1966 World Cup, with Gonçalo Ramos scoring a hat-trick.[114][115] However, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Morocco, 1–0.[116] Following a disappointing World Cup campaign, Santos was dismissed on 15 December.[117] On 9 January 2023, Roberto Martinez was announced as the head coach of Portugal, replacing Fernando Santos.[118]

Team image

Kits

Portugal's traditional home kit is mainly red with a green trim, reflecting the colors of the nation's flag. Over the years, the particular shade of red has alternated between a darker burgundy and a lighter scarlet. Both green and red shorts have been used to complete the strip.

The team's away kits, on the other hand, have varied more considerably. White has typically been preferred as a dominant color, either with blue shorts, or red and green highlights. In recent times, all-black has been utilised, as has a turquoise-teal color, the latter of which was prominently featured during the title-winning Euro 2016 campaign.

Coaching staff

 
Roberto Martínez, the current coach
Position Name
Head coach   Roberto Martínez
Assistant coach   Anthony Barry
  Ricardo Carvalho
Goalkeeping coach   Iñaki Bergara
  Ricardo
Chief analyst   Bruno Pereira
Performance manager   Richard Evans
Technical director   José Couceiro
  José Guilherme
Sports scientist   João Brito
Head of media and communications   Marco Ferreira
Academy manager   Joaquim Milheiro

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023

8 September 2023 Euro 2024 Q Slovakia   0–1   Portugal Trnava, Slovakia
20:45 Report
  • Fernandes   43'
Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského
Attendance: 21,473
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
11 September 2023 Euro 2024 Q Portugal   9–0   Luxembourg Faro/Loulé, Portugal
19:45
Report Stadium: Estádio Algarve
Attendance: 18,932
Referee: John Brooks (England)
13 October 2023 Euro 2024 Q Portugal   3–2   Slovakia Porto, Portugal
19:45
Report
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão
Attendance: 46,601
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
16 October 2023 Euro 2024 Q Bosnia and Herzegovina   0–5   Portugal Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 Report
Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 13,047
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
16 November 2023 Euro 2024 Q Liechtenstein   0–2   Portugal Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 Report
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Attendance: 5,749
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
19 November 2023 Euro 2024 Q Portugal   2–0   Iceland Lisbon, Portugal
19:45
Report Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
Attendance: 45,655
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)

2024

21 March 2024 Friendly Portugal   5–2   Sweden Guimarães, Portugal
19:45
Report
Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Attendance: 27,532
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
26 March 2024 Friendly Slovenia   2–0   Portugal Ljubljana, Slovenia
19:45
Report Stadium: Stožice Stadium
Attendance: 16,432
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
4 June 2024 Friendly Portugal   4–2   Finland Lisbon, Portugal
19:45
Report
Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
Attendance: 43,125
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
8 June 2024 Friendly Portugal   1–2   Croatia Oeiras, Portugal
18:45
Report
Stadium: Estádio Nacional
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
11 June 2024 Friendly Portugal   3–0   Republic of Ireland Aveiro, Portugal
19:45
Report Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Aveiro
Referee: Chris Kavanagh (England)
18 June 2024 Euro 2024 GS Portugal   2–1   Czech Republic Leipzig, Germany
21:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 38,421
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
22 June 2024 Euro 2024 GS Turkey   0–3   Portugal Dortmund, Germany
18:00 Report
Stadium: Westfalenstadion
Attendance: 61,047
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
26 June 2024 Euro 2024 GS Georgia   v   Portugal Gelsenkirchen, Germany
21:00 Report Stadium: Arena AufSchalke
1 July 2024 (2024-07-01) Euro 2024 R16 Portugal   v 3rd Group A/B/C Frankfurt, Germany
21:00 Report Stadium: Waldstadion
5 September 2024 2024 UEFA NL Portugal   v   Croatia Lisbon, Portugal
19:45 Report Stadium: Estádio da Luz
8 September 2024 2024 UEFA NL Portugal   v   Scotland Lisbon, Portugal
19:45 Report Stadium: Estádio da Luz
12 October 2024 2024 UEFA NL Poland   v   Portugal Poland
20:45 Report
15 October 2024 2024 UEFA NL Scotland   v   Portugal Glasgow, Scotland
19:45 Report Stadium: Hampden Park
15 November 2024 2024 UEFA NL Portugal   v   Poland Porto, Portugal
19:45 Report Stadium: Estádio do Dragão
18 November 2024 2024 UEFA NL Croatia   v   Portugal Croatia
20:45 Report

Players

Current squad

The following 26 players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2024 and preceding friendlies against Finland, Croatia and the Republic of Ireland on 4, 8 and 11 June 2024, respectively.[119][120]

  • Caps and goals correct as of: 22 June 2024, after the match against Turkey.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rui Patrício (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 36) 108 0   Roma
12 1GK José Sá (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 31) 2 0   Wolverhampton Wanderers
22 1GK Diogo Costa (1999-09-19) 19 September 1999 (age 24) 24 0   Porto

2 2DF Nélson Semedo (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 30) 32 0   Wolverhampton Wanderers
3 2DF Pepe (vice-captain) (1983-02-26) 26 February 1983 (age 41) 139 8   Porto
4 2DF Rúben Dias (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 27) 58 3   Manchester City
5 2DF Diogo Dalot (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 25) 21 2   Manchester United
14 2DF Gonçalo Inácio (2001-08-25) 25 August 2001 (age 22) 10 2   Sporting CP
19 2DF Nuno Mendes (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 22) 25 0   Paris Saint-Germain
20 2DF João Cancelo (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 30) 56 10   Barcelona
24 2DF António Silva (2003-10-30) 30 October 2003 (age 20) 12 0   Benfica

6 3MF João Palhinha (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 28) 29 2   Fulham
8 3MF Bruno Fernandes (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 29) 69 23   Manchester United
10 3MF Bernardo Silva (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 29) 91 12   Manchester City
13 3MF Danilo Pereira (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 32) 73 2   Paris Saint-Germain
15 3MF João Neves (2004-09-27) 27 September 2004 (age 19) 8 0   Benfica
16 3MF Matheus Nunes (1998-08-27) 27 August 1998 (age 25) 14 2   Manchester City
18 3MF Rúben Neves (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 27) 48 0   Al Hilal
23 3MF Vitinha (2000-02-13) 13 February 2000 (age 24) 19 0   Paris Saint-Germain

7 4FW Cristiano Ronaldo (captain) (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 39) 209 130   Al Nassr
9 4FW Gonçalo Ramos (2001-06-20) 20 June 2001 (age 23) 13 8   Paris Saint-Germain
11 4FW João Félix (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 24) 39 8   Barcelona
17 4FW Rafael Leão (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 25) 29 4   AC Milan
21 4FW Diogo Jota (1996-12-04) 4 December 1996 (age 27) 40 14   Liverpool
25 4FW Pedro Neto (2000-03-09) 9 March 2000 (age 24) 9 1   Wolverhampton Wanderers
26 4FW Francisco Conceição (2002-12-14) 14 December 2002 (age 21) 3 1   Porto

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Portugal squad within the last 12 months.[121][122]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Samuel Soares (2002-06-15) 15 June 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Benfica v.   Slovenia, 26 March 2024

DF João Mário (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 24) 3 0   Porto v.   Slovenia, 26 March 2024
DF Toti Gomes (1999-01-16) 16 January 1999 (age 25) 2 0   Wolverhampton Wanderers v.   Slovenia, 26 March 2024
DF Diogo Leite (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 25) 0 0   Union Berlin v.   Slovenia, 26 March 2024
DF Raphaël Guerreiro (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 30) 65 4   Bayern Munich v.   Iceland, 19 November 2023

MF Otávio (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 29) 20 3   Al Nassr UEFA Euro 2024 INJ

FW Bruma (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 29) 12 2   Braga v.   Slovenia, 26 March 2024
FW Jota Silva (1999-08-01) 1 August 1999 (age 24) 2 0   Vitória de Guimarães v.   Slovenia, 26 March 2024
FW Dany Mota (1998-05-02) 2 May 1998 (age 26) 0 0   Monza v.   Slovenia, 26 March 2024
FW Francisco Trincão (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 24) 7 0   Sporting CP v.   Sweden, 21 March 2024 INJ
FW Ricardo Horta (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 29) 12 4   Braga v.   Iceland, 19 November 2023


INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player retired from international football.
OTH Player withdrew from the squad due to other reasons.

Individual statistics

As of match played 22 June 2024.[123]
Players in bold are still active with Portugal.

Most appearances

 
Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal's most capped player and all-time top scorer.
Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 209 130 2003–present
2 João Moutinho 146 7 2005–2022
3 Pepe 139 8 2007–present
4 Luís Figo 127 32 1991–2006
5 Nani 112 24 2006–2017
6 Fernando Couto 110 8 1990–2004
7 Rui Patrício 108 0 2010–present
8 Bruno Alves 96 11 2007–2018
9 Rui Costa 94 26 1993–2004
10 Bernardo Silva 91 12 2015-present

Top goalscorers

Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (list) 130 209 0.62 2003–present
2 Pauleta (list) 47 88 0.53 1997–2006
3 Eusébio (list) 41 64 0.64 1961–1973
4 Luís Figo 32 127 0.25 1991–2006
5 Nuno Gomes 29 79 0.37 1996–2011
6 Hélder Postiga 27 71 0.38 2003–2014
7 Rui Costa 26 94 0.28 1993–2004
8 Nani 24 112 0.21 2006–2017
9 João Pinto 23 81 0.28 1991–2002
Bruno Fernandes 23 69 0.33 2017-present

Goal records

Most goals scored in one World Cup
9 – Eusébio (1966)[124]
Most goals scored in World Cup
9 – Eusébio (1966)[124]
Most goals scored in one European Championship
5 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2020)
Most goals scored in European Championship
14 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020)[125]
Oldest goalscorer
39 years, 9 months and 10 days – Pepe (6–1 against Switzerland on 6 December 2022)
Youngest goalscorer
17 years, 9 months and 25 days – Fernando Chalana (2–1 against Cyprus on 5 December 1976)
Most hat-tricks
10 – Cristiano Ronaldo (includes four goals against Andorra on 7 October 2016 and Lithuania on 10 September 2019)[126]
Most pokers
2 – Cristiano Ronaldo
Youngest player to score a hat-trick
20 years, 11 months and 4 days – André Silva (6–0 against Faroe Islands on 10 October 2016)[127]

Other records

Most matches played in World Cup
22 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022)[102]
Most matches played in European Championship
27 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020 and 2024)[128]
Oldest player (outfield and goalkeeper)
41 years, 3 months and 27 days – Pepe (0–3 against Turkey on 22 June 2024) 
Longest national career
20 years, 10 months, 2 days  – Cristiano Ronaldo (from 20 August 2003 to 22 June 2024) 
Longest national career for an outfield player
20 years, 10 months, 2 days  – Cristiano Ronaldo (from 20 August 2003 to 22 June 2024) 
Youngest debutant
17 years, 6 months and 24 days – Paulo Futre (5–0 against Finland on 21 September 1983)[129]
Youngest player to reach 100 caps
27 years, 8 months and 11 days – Cristiano Ronaldo (1–1 against Northern Ireland on 16 October 2012)[130]
Youngest player to reach 200 caps
38 years, 4 months and 15 days – Cristiano Ronaldo (0–1 against Iceland on 20 June 2023)

Competitive record

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934 Did not qualify 2nd 2 0 0 2 1 11
  1938 2nd 1 0 0 1 1 2
  1950 2nd 2 0 1 1 3 7
  1954 2nd 2 0 1 1 1 9
  1958 3rd 4 1 1 2 4 7
  1962 2nd 4 1 1 2 9 7
  1966 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 17 8 1st 6 4 1 1 9 4
  1970 Did not qualify 4th 6 1 2 3 8 10
  1974 2nd 6 2 3 1 10 6
  1978 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 6
  1982 4th 8 3 1 4 8 11
  1986 Group stage 17th 3 1 0 2 2 4 2nd 8 5 0 3 12 10
  1990 Did not qualify 3rd 8 4 2 2 11 8
  1994 3rd 10 6 2 2 18 5
  1998 3rd 10 5 4 1 12 4
    2002 Group stage 21st 3 1 0 2 6 4 1st 10 7 3 0 33 7
  2006 Fourth place 4th 7 4 1 2 7 5 1st 12 9 3 0 35 5
  2010 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 7 1 P/O 12 7 4 1 19 5
  2014 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 4 7 P/O 12 8 3 1 24 11
  2018 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 6 6 1st 10 9 0 1 32 4
  2022 Quarter-finals 8th 5 3 0 2 12 6 P/O 10 7 2 1 22 7
      2026 To be determined To be determined
      2030 Qualified as co-host Qualified as co-host
  2034 To be determined To be determined
Total Third place 8/22 35 17 6 12 61 41 149 83 35 31 284 146
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 8 8
  1964 3 1 0 2 4 5
  1968 6 2 2 2 6 6
  1972 6 3 1 2 10 6
  1976 6 2 3 1 5 7
  1980 8 4 1 3 10 11
  1984 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 4 6 5 0 1 11 6
  1988 Did not qualify 8 2 4 2 6 8
  1992 8 5 1 2 11 4
  1996 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 5 2 10 7 2 1 29 7
    2000 Semi-finals 3rd 5 4 0 1 10 4 10 7 2 1 32 4
  2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 8 6 Qualified as hosts
    2008 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 6 14 7 6 1 24 10
    2012 Semi-finals 3rd[a] 5 3 1 1 6 4 10 6 2 2 27 14
  2016 Champions 1st 7 3 4 0 9 5 8 7 0 1 11 5
  2020 Round of 16 13th 4 1 1 2 7 7 8 5 2 1 22 6
  2024 Qualified 10 10 0 0 36 2
Total 1 Title 9/17 39 19 10 10 56 38 125 76 26 23 252 109
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out. Red border colour indicates that the tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Season** Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
  2018–19 A 3 6 4 2 0 9 4   1st
  2020–21 A 3 6 4 1 1 12 4   5th
  2022–23 A 2 6 3 1 2 11 3   6th
  2024–25 A 1 To be determined
Total 16 9 4 3 28 10 1 Title
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents hosts nations for the finals stage. Red border colour indicates the finals stage will be held on home soil

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995
  1997
  1999
   2001
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017 Third place 3rd 5 3 2 0 9 3
Total Third place 1/10 5 3 2 0 9 3
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Olympic Games

From 19681988 Portugal were represented by the national amateur football team. Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

Olympic Games Record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
  1896 No football tournament
  1900 Did not enter
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928 Quarter-finals 3 2 0 1 7 5
  1932 No football tournament
  1936 Did not enter
  1948
  1952
  1956
  1960
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984 Did not qualify
  1988
  1992
  1996 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 6 10
  2000 Did not qualify
  2004 Group stage 3 1 0 2 6 9
  2008 Did not qualify
  2012
  2016 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 5 6
  2020 Did not qualify
Total Fourth place 16 7 3 6 24 30
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Minor tournaments

Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
  1964 Taça de Nações Third place 3rd 3 0 1 2 2 7
  1972 Brazil Independence Cup Runners-up 2nd 8 6 1 1 17 5
  1992 U.S. Cup Fourth place 4th 3 0 1 2 0 3
  1995 SkyDome Cup Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
Total 1 Title 4/4 16 7 4 5 21 16
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

All-time results

The following table shows Portugal's all-time international record, correct as of 29 March 2022.

Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 647 315 151 181 1096 741

Source: Portugal - Historical results

Honours

Major

Minor

Awards

Rivalries

Footnotes

  1. ^ Though there was no third place play-off, UEFA decided in the 2012 edition to award the semi-finals losers (Germany and Portugal) bronze medals for the first time.[131]

See also

* List of national sport teams of Portugal

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